- Get an Internship License from the New Mexico Public Education Department.
- While you are waiting for your license, get a teaching position as the teacher of record
- During your first year, take the three New Mexico Teaching Assessments - these will include the basic skills, teacher content, and teacher competencies based on your Licensure Area.
- After you have passed these tests, take 1 or 2 reading courses* depending on what your license is
- At the end of your first year (minimum 160 days), you may submit your OPAL if you have taken all your tests and courses.
* Teaching students how to read, the prefix of the course is usually a reading course.
Choose OPAL Candidate which will direct you to the OPAL Portal to submit.
Once you login, you will be brought to the Online Portfolio for Alternative licensure Area where you will be able to update your profile, and pay for and upload your strands. If you end up in the wrong area, try going to the teachnm.org home page and choose the Member Login link (see above).
If you do not have an educator account, you can register here and follow the steps to create your account.
Where do I download the OPAL Templates?:
You can only access the OPAL Templates by submitting $320 in Step 2, and downloading the templates in Step 3. Strand A is also your cover letter, so you do not need to upload a separate coversheet.
OPAL Submission Portal:
Warning! After you complete each step, and the next step is still "grayed out", try refreshing the page, or logging back in. If you don't select "I swear or affirm" Oath at the bottom of your profile during Step 1, it will not move to Step 2.
If you are still having trouble getting to the next step, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens after I submit my OPAL?
After you submit your portfolio, your administrator will need to login to TeachNM with their admin account and complete Strand D (You do not have to provide this).
Next, NMPED will also verify that you have completed all of the requirements for Strand E.
- License Holder has satisfactorily completed the required New Mexico Teacher Assessments.
- License Holder has satisfactorily completed the required reading in the content area coursework.
- License Holder has satisfactorily submitted official transcripts for completion of required reading course(s).
- License Holder has been the teacher of record and taught with a Level I/Internship for at least one school year (minimum of 160 instructional days or 320 days over multiple full school years).
Once NMPED verifies the above requirements, it will be "released" to two independent anonymous reviewers who will score your dossier as a
DOES NOT MEET accordingly. These Reviewers are licensed teachers who match your exact qualifications.